The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team remained winless in the Tri-County Conference Thursday night after losing in two straight against the Blair Oaks Falcons 17-25 and 14-25.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 3-5-1 overall and 0-3 in the TCC, head coach Morgan Sprigg said the girls had a slow start in the first set but decided to start playing up to their potential by making a few good plays to score.
“We can put ready to bounce back and play the second set, but we let it get away from us and we couldn’t put the ball away,” Sprigg said. “For the most we played pretty good defense, both Kennedy Renfrow and Jodie Bass serve received the ball extremely well and got to a lot of tough balls on defense. But again, we had trouble scoring. We have got to work on connecting with one another against good teams and place the ball to the open areas on the floor. We seem to have trouble scoring against good defenses and we have to be able to find a spot to place the ball. I wasn’t disappointed in the girls tonight, but I know that we could have played better.
“As a team we have a hard time getting up when we are loosing and that is something that affected us tonight. I knew Blair Oaks was going to be good, the best in our conference, but I did expect a little more from our girls. We did a few great things on the floor that showed me we have the potential to play against a team like that. They had three solid hitters that were very strong along with a great defense. I told the girls tonight not to hang their heads, we’ve had a tough two weeks with four of the hardest teams on our schedule. Now it’s time to work on the little things and work together as a team to be successful.”
Addison Brownfield led the Lady Pirates with nine dig, nine assists, seven service point and one kill on six attack attempts.
Jodie Bass, meanwhile, finished the match with four service points with two aces, three digs and two kills on nine attack attempts. Breanna Smith had six kills on 17 attack attempts along with four blocks and one service point while Hana Cook added two kills on 13 attack attempts, one dig, one assist and one service point with one ace, MJ Goff with four digs, Sophi Waibel with two digs and one assist, Kennedy Renfrow with three digs, Lawren Luscombe with one dig and one service point and Carson Dee with one assist.
In JV action, Boonville lost in two straight against Blair Oaks 7-25 and 14-25.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said even though the score does not reflect it, the girls did a good job of competing last night.
“Blair Oaks is a tough team and they did a good job at picking everything up,” Wendell said. “We serve received well, was able to run an offense, but just struggled to score. The first 8 points we lost were all good volleys.  The second set we picked it up a little bit and found some holes in their defense and picked up more little plays on our side of defense. I definitely think we got better that game. We were missing Nora Morris, who most of our offense comes from, but our defense did a good job to try and make up for that.”
Freshman Hope Mesik had 10 digs and one assist to lead the Lady Pirates JV team.
Carson Dee finished the match with six digs, one kill and one service ace while Gabi Webster added five digs, one kill and one service ace, Taylor Frederick three digs, two assists and one ace, Lillian Rohrbach with four digs, one kill and one ace, Jordan Brackman with one dig and Peyton Luscombe with one block.
The loss dropped the JV team to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in the TCC.